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Health Highlights: Sept. 23, 2012

Here is a health and medical news development, compiled by the editors of HealthDay:

Trader Joe's Peanut Butter Tied to Salmonella Sickness

A peanut butter sold at Trader Joe's grocery stores nationwide has been recalled after being linked to an outbreak of salmonella.

The store's Creamy Salted Valencia Peanut Butter, which comes in a 16-ounce plastic jar, is considered the likely source of 29 illnesses, mostly to children, in 18 states, including Massachusetts, North Carolina and Rhode Island, the Associated Press reported. No deaths have been reported.

According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, anyone who has purchased the product, regardless of its expiration date, should dispose of it or return it to the store for a refund.

Salmonella, a type of bacteria, is the most common cause of foodborne illness in the United States. Symptoms include abdominal cramps, diarrhea, headache and fever and usually develop within 12 to 72 hours after eating infected food. Although most people get better without treatment, salmonella infection can be life-threatening if the bacteria enter the bloodstream.

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Posted: September 2012